Originally hyped as the new Lost, creator Nick Wauters’s NBC drama hit its stride as its own distinct mashup of sci-fi genres—alien invasion, government conspiracy, fugitive on the lam—with plenty of twists to come as the show returns for the second half of its debut season this spring.
Blair Underwood stars as the newly elected president who plans to defy counsel and free a shadowy group of aliens imprisoned for decades by the United States government. Laura Innes portrays Sophia Maguire, leader of the alien detainees, with an enigmatic blend of maternal empathy and steely resolve, while Jason Ritter brings a hangdog intelligence to the role of Sean Walker, an MIT computer geek who inadvertently discovers the clandestine operation while searching for his abducted girlfriend.
Sagging ratings could dash hopes for a second season, but that’s not necessarily
a bad thing: Pressed for time, The Event moves along briskly, with new revelations coming fast and furious. Catch it while you can.
Mondays, 9 p.m
—Corey S. Powell